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The Untold Story of Unaccompanied Minors

(Aug. 11, 2014) Public opinion remains deeply divided over whether the U.S. government has a moral obligation to offer asylum to Central Americans children escaping political persecution or violence in their home countries. Read more >

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Policy Recommendations on Unaccompanied Minors and Women at the US-Mexico Border

(Aug. 5, 2014) The South Texas Human Rights Center and the Working Group to Prevent Migrant Deaths have shared a new policy analysis and recommendations to address the current situation of unaccompanied children and women at the US-Mexico border. Endorsements of this statement may be emailed to dignidadya@yahoo.com. Read more >

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The Real Death Valley: The Untold Story of Mass Graves and Migrant Deaths in South Texas

In this new documentary on The Weather Channel, award-winning journalist John Carlos Frey follows a migrant story - people who have crossed the border but whose lives are still at risk as they move through Brooks County, Texas. A powerful and current film. Please watch at http://stories.weather.com/realdeathvalley

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The Untold Story of Unaccompanied Minors

Public opinion remains deeply divided over whether the U.S. government has a moral obligation to offer asylum to Central Americans children escaping political persecution or violence in their home countries. According to a survey published last month by the Associated Press, 53 percent of the U.S. Read more >

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US Immigration Scheme Totters as Migrant Crisis Worsens

The fight over immigration has centered recently on one group: tens of thousands of unaccompanied children crossing the US border with Mexico. Read more >

Guardsmen to Game Wardens, Texas Mobilizes to Patrol Border

Along the Rio Grande here, the suspected smugglers trying to slip into the United States have certainly noticed their adversaries on the water: burly commandos in black-and-white boats mounted with .30-caliber machine guns and bulletproof shields. The patches on the officers’ camouflage fatigues identify them not as federal Border Patrol agents but as another breed of law enforcement entirely.

Texas game wardens. Read more >

Government Declares Undocumented Immigrant Child, Mother A "National Security Threat"

The Obama administration is using a Bush-era decision by former Attorney General John Ashcroft to classify the flood of undocumented immigrants that have hit the southern border as a “national security threat” in an effort to deny them bond during immigration status hearings.

Immigration attorneys said the argument, based on a 2003 decision by Ashcroft, has been employed against undocumented immigrant mothers with children being held at the Artesia, New Mexico, detention facility. Read more >

Transgender Woman Says Immigration Detention Officials Told Her To Pretend Her Rape Was Consensual

Marichuy Leal Gamino is a 23-year-old transgender woman who has spent more than a year living in an immigration detention facility, housed with men. Though she spent most of her life growing up in Arizona, she was born a Mexican citizen, making her an undocumented immigrant. After repeatedly experiencing harassment and threats of abuse, she says she was sexually assaulted last week by her cellmate. Read more >

Rep. Steve King to DREAMers: ‘You’re Very Good at English’

Two of the country’s most outspoken DREAMers – young immigrants brought illegally into the U.S. as children – confronted Rep. Steve King at a fundraising event this week. And while the Iowa Republican is known for his extremely reactionary positions on immigration, the activists say he managed to surpass their expectations. Read more >

The Meltdown of the Anti-Immigration Minuteman Militia

In early July, Chris Davis issued a call to arms. "You see an illegal, you point your gun right dead at them, right between the eyes, and say, 'Get back across the border, or you will be shot,'" the Texas-based militia commander said in a YouTube video heralding Operation Secure Our Border-Laredo Sector, a plan to block the wave of undocumented migrants coming into his state. "If you get any flak from sheriffs, city, or feds, Border Patrol, tell them, 'Look—this is our birthright. We have a right to secure our own land. This is our land.'" Read more >